2021 Virtual NACo Legislative Conference

Fri. March 12
2:00 pm

Future of Retirement Security

Fri. March 12 | 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

This workshop will provide a legislative update on the future of retirement security, evaluate plan design issues and examine the impact retirement security is having on minority communities.

Thu. March 18
11:30 am

Attract-Retain-Develop: Modernizing Your County's Talent Organization

Thu. March 18 | 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

How Core County HR functions are being performed and delivered is rapidly changing. From talent acquisition, to learning & development, through employee engagement. Layer on competition for top talent, new technologies, changing workforce demographics and workplace facilities, it is complex. In this complex environment, it is getting harder for government organizations to keep pace. Today Jay Carlile, General Manager for LinkedIn’s State & Local Government Talent will discuss how are County HR Executives and leaders have pulled their organizations out of a post-and-pray past, and into a modern talent attraction & retention focused future. Processes need changing, norms challenged, and a leveraging of their county’s mission and purpose to attract their next generation workforce. This session will provide you actionable insights into how to move beyond post-and-pray… to more modern attract – hire – retain – develop lifecycle for your County. Attending this session automatically enters you for a giveaway by the presenting sponsor.

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied – How Can Better Courts Technology Help?

Thu. March 18 | 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

The pandemic has caused massive disruption to our courts. As we emerge from the pandemic, backlogs and budget shortfalls will exert continuing pressure on courts and, through incarcerations, on county budgets. Without innovation in the courts, delays in clearing the backlogs will seriously compromise access to justice in criminal, family and civil matters for years to come. How are the courts dealing with these challenges? Join us for a discussion of these issues, where we will share examples of how innovative courts are using new technologies, what has worked and the lessons learned. Attending this session automatically enters you for a giveaway by the presenting sponsor.

Secure Billing and Payments: Increasing Citizen Trust to Drive Digital Adoption

Thu. March 18 | 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Governments of all sizes are challenged with driving adoption of digital billing and payment methods - in fact - property taxes have the highest rate of paper statements sent of all industries featured in the latest ACI Speedpay Pulse Study. Join this interactive and informative session to learn more about how citizens feel about the security of their financial data when making a payment, as well as the five steps any government can take to increase citizen trust in (and adoption of) digital billing and payment methods to pay their taxes. Attending this session automatically enters you for a giveaway by the presenting sponsor.

12:00 pm

Building Data Bridges for Insight and Engagement

Thu. March 18 | 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

County decision-makers can miss the big picture when a jurisdiction’s data is siloed or inaccessible. Critical business systems that enable operations for ERP, asset management, permitting and licensing and appraisal and tax all hold valuable information that can remain locked in a single department. Connecting this information from multiple sources empowers leaders and employees at all levels to create efficiencies, monitor trends and solve problems. The resulting insights help ensure equitable service delivery and responsive, data-driven strategies to support economic recovery and community success. Effective internal data sharing manifests externally as well, providing the public with improved transparency, service and two-way engagement opportunities. Explore how this works in practice with Clermont County, Ohio, where leaders have connected data, systems and people to transform internal operations and enhance public service.

Vaccination and Economic Recovery - Informing Your Exit Strategy with Community Engagement

Thu. March 18 | 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

In order to devise and execute a strong and successful exit strategy, counties need to stay tuned in to their communities’ needs and concerns which means continuously leveraging resident input. From managing vaccine operations to reopening local economies, learn how counties across the country are using Zencity to better connect to their residents and increase trust in their work. Attending this session automatically enters you for a giveaway by the presenting sponsor.

12:30 pm

Commissioners and COVID Communication: Virtual Town Halls

Thu. March 18 | 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

An interview-style session with two county commissioners about how they engaged with hard-to-reach and critical demographics through virtual and telephone town halls. Attending this session automatically enters you for a giveaway by the presenting sponsor.

Minimum Wage Comparison of U.S. Cities and Middle-Wage Jobs in Philadelphia

Thu. March 18 | 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

In 2020, the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia research and policy initiative released an analysis to determine how Philadelphia’s minimum wage compares with the rate in other major U.S. cities. The research found that a majority of major U.S. cities have higher minimums than Philadelphia, some substantially higher, although 14 of the 31 cities studied are also at $7.25. When the overall level of wages in each metropolitan area is taken into account, Philadelphia has what is effectively the lowest minimum wage of any of those cities. The analysis looks at the change in minimum wage in major American cities as well as who earns this wage in Philadelphia. Additionally, the presentation will preview new research from Pew regarding “middle-wage jobs”, positions though to produce enough income to live on and, in many cases, are available to people without college educations. Pew found that the largest number of these jobs are found in healthcare and social assistance, educational services, public administration, and transportation and warehousing. While the overall number of people working has grown in recent years, the number with middle-wage jobs in Philadelphia has remained unchanged. Additionally, the demographics of middle-wage job holders are shifting for more of these positions being taken by individuals with at least a Bachelor’s degree.

The presentation will focus on the findings from both of these reports, with a specific focus on the comparative findings from multiple jurisdictions.

Optimizing Data for Program Excellence, Health Equity and Revenue Optimization

Thu. March 18 | 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has an unprecedented impact on the delivery of behavioral and public health services. Major disruptions in access to care, significant revenue shortfalls, vaccine distribution, and staff retention challenges have highlighted the importance of data analysis and optimization for service delivery. Learn how one innovative behavioral health provider is using key performance indicator (KPI) dashboards and automated data collection for strategic planning and operational success.

Attendees at this session will :

  • See a population health dashboard combining social determinants of health (SDoH) with standard metrics to track outcomes, inform planning and improve service delivery to address inequities
  • Learn how identifying and adjusting KPIs to include virtual service delivery models can ensure continuity of service delivery and increase client engagement and satisfaction
  • Understand how analysis of revenue per program can be used as a key component of program evaluation, and for a deep dive into healthy equity information such as access to healthcare, race, employment
1:00 pm

Cost-Free Video Showcase Program

Thu. March 18 | 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

CGI Communications, Inc. is dedicated to promoting communities and businesses across the country. Our Cost-Free Video Showcase Program has helped over 5,000 communities tell their story through the power of video while showcasing the impact businesses have. This powerful synergy is a crucial element to CGI’s mantra of creativity, growth and inspiration. CGI highlights the assets and attributes of counties through a series of custom videos that welcome new residents and visitors, recruit new businesses and increase civic pride. The videos feature topics on economic development, education, real estate, and relocation, quality of place, attractions, and more. The finished content is placed on your county's official website and social media outlets to provide your county with a high-quality promotional tool. The best part about this program is that it is offered at NO-COST!

Learn more about this initiative by visiting our official website, www.cgicompany.com, or call us to get involved today! Attending this session automatically enters you for a giveaway by the presenting sponsor.


Protecting the Vote with AT&T

Thu. March 18 | 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

By bringing together solutions that help protect, serve and connect – committed AT&T professionals are working with the public sector to transform the business of government. In this session, a Pennsylvania county successfully navigated the 2020 election aided by AT&T’s Asset Tracking solutions. The presentation will show how AT&T worked with the county as the election approached and helped address their concerns and challenges. The solution helped enable the county to successfully plan, deploy, track and manage voting machines logistics throughout the election season. Ultimately, the technology helped enable the county to ensure election integrity during one of the most scrutinized elections in American history.

Serving Not Just Referring Constituents: Modernizing to Achieve Better Outcomes

Thu. March 18 | 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

We all share the vision of improving outcomes for vulnerable persons and families in our communities through more integrated and wholistic delivery of health and human services. But what is the most effective way to achieve this in the current COVID era of changing priorities, increased demand for services and lower budgets? It takes business innovation powered by technology innovation! Join this session to learn how some counties are using enabling technology to modernize business operations to help meet the challenges and improve outcomes by focusing on cohorts and individuals.


1:30 pm

Bringing Clarity to the Redistricting Process

Thu. March 18 | 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

The workshop explores the need for openness, citizen engagement, and transparency in the redistricting process. It is obvious that GIS plays a role in redistricting, but historically the role GIS plays falls short. This workshop will focus on a case study where civic leaders plan to extend the redistricting data and software tools to the public and discuss the civic health benefits they received. The workshop will close with a demonstration of how to take the new lines for Federal, State legislative districts, and your local districts and move them into a process to re-precinct your voters. Attending this session automatically enters you for a giveaway by the presenting sponsor.

Introduction to Starlink

Thu. March 18 | 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

SpaceX’s innovative low earth-orbiting satellite technology, Starlink, brings high speed, low-latency broadband service to remote and rural consumers that have long been un/underserved. Our direct-to-consumer Beta began in October 2020. At that same time, we began partnering with counties, school districts, tribes and non-profits to help facilitate connectivity to high-priority areas. Wise County and Wise County Public Schools, Virginia, is one such partnership. We were able to work with them to identify students who could not access their education during virtual learning due to lack of broadband and now with Starlink they can! As Starlink continues its deployment and growth we look forward to working with many more Counties to bring the Starlink connectivity solution to their constituents.

Preventing Abuse of Homestead Exemptions and Other Principal Residence Tax Relief

Thu. March 18 | 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

State and local property tax laws grant relief to owners of primary or principal residences. Like any tax break, these Homestead Exemptions, by that or other names, are subject to intentional or unintentional abuse by homeowners. This presentation explores the available tools and best practices for property tax administrators to identify erroneous homestead exemptions and other tax relief offered based on principal residence. From self-service approaches to third-party audits, the panelists will share their experiences tackling this issue. Attending this session automatically enters you for a giveaway by the presenting sponsor.

2:30 pm

Leveraging Data for County Budget Transparency

Thu. March 18 | 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Public budgeting is fundamentally about how we allocate public resources and administer them. Join us to learn how Guilford County and Stae have implemented technology to more clearly understand that allocation, learning from history to plan more effectively for the present and future. Stae and Guilford County have collaborated on an implementation of the Stae Platform to support public accountability through a significant improvement in budget transparency while working towards a vision of seamlessly accessible, granular public data on County budgeting and program performance. In this session, we will discuss our work creating the County’s first public budget data dashboards visualizing historical trends and current budget allocations in Guilford County, the data-related challenges associated with creating holistic budget reporting, and the County’s future vision for data access and program transparency. Attending this session automatically enters you for a giveaway by the presenting sponsor.

STOP COVID-19: Helping the Most Vulnerable in Your County

Thu. March 18 | 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

We will present an initiative that UnitedHealth Group launched working with local county agencies and community partners to help the most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3:00 pm

$1.9T American Rescue Plan - Implications for U.S. Counties

Thu. March 18 | 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Witt O'Brien's will present information on the American Rescue Planning including funding allocations and steps counties should take today to prepare for this massive stimulus plan.

Digital Equity Partnerships as a Critical Recovery Tool

Thu. March 18 | 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on nearly every aspect of our daily lives, shining a brighter light on existing disparities in our communities, including those related to digital equity. As counties make the pivot towards economic recovery, creating partnerships that work towards closing the digital divide is a critical component in ensuring everyone has the tools they need to build back stronger. Join this session to hear about best practices in developing partnership strategies that break down barriers when it comes to digital engagement, literacy and access, and engaging with public, philanthropic, and private sector organizations to implement solutions in your communities.

3:30 pm

Making Vaccination Scheduling Easier for Recipients, Administrators, and Clinicians

Thu. March 18 | 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers have collectively agreed to release 12 billion vaccine doses globally in 2021, according to McKinsey & Company research, provided they all pass clinical trials. However, turning those vaccines into vaccinations is a colossal undertaking that requires significant coordination. ServiceNow has a Vaccine Administration Management Solution that simplifies the effort and recently added new capabilities to give healthcare professionals greater visibility into vaccine inventory and to give recipients more control over vaccine management and schedule. These new capabilities make vaccination scheduling easier for everyone involved: recipients, administrators, and clinicians. This session will provide more information about ServiceNow’s capabilities and track record of success across the world. 

Managing Beyond the Crisis – DC Trends

Thu. March 18 | 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Economic downturns affect the budgets of counties and local governments significantly and revenue reductions are anticipated due to the COVID-19 pandemic shock to consumption and tax income. If significant changes in pension benefits and/or increased eligibility requirements occur, more public fund workers may find themselves with a retirement security gap. This session will include a discussion on defined benefit coverage trends and will highlight considerations to close the gap through DC plan investment strategies and design, the importance of active management and the potential for retirement income security.

4:30 pm

PPP Case Study: The Chicago CREATE Project

Thu. March 18 | 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

AAR will bring together key private and public stakeholders who have advanced the CREATE program, a project of national significance investing billions in critically needed improvements to increase the efficiency of the region's passenger and freight rail infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for Chicago-area residents. Participants will discuss PPP best practices and what lessons can be applied to other regions or counties.

Wed. March 24
1:00 pm

Make the Most of Your Membership

Wed. March 24 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

NACo has a lot to offer members! Join NACo’s membership team for an interactive conversation. You will get an overview of the many ways your county elected officials and staff can save taxpayer dollars, find solutions and strengthen your county.

2:00 pm

Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers: A New Model for Integrating Health, Behavioral Health and Crisis Response

Wed. March 24 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This session provides an overview of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) program, highlights the successes of counties and local governments who have participated in the Medicaid demonstration program and provides insight on how counties can work with states to implement this model in their communities. The CCBHC model of service delivery puts emphasis on whole-person care using evidence-based practices, regardless of a resident’s residence or ability to pay, and allows counties to leverage federal Medicaid and other grant funds to provide high-quality wraparound services to residents. 


Energizing County Economies through Energy

Wed. March 24 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Learn how counties, particularly small and medium-sized counties, can build more robust economies through new energy opportunities. Explore federal programs to help customers and local governments create greater energy affordability, security and resiliency.

Mapping Foreign Investment

Sponsored by the International Economic Development Task Force

Wed. March 24 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Foreign investment into county economies can help foster economic sustainability and, in the wake of COVID-19, can help catalyze economic recovery. Join the discussion with Arlington County, Va., and Los Angeles, Calif., which are working on innovative foreign investment mapping projects. This session is hosted by the International Economic Development Task Force and open to all attendees.

Navigate Grants: Tips to Work Yourself out of Local Government Silos and Into Federal Funding

Wed. March 24 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

In this session, you'll learn the basics of federal grants, including guidance regarding the American Rescue Plan, pre-registration requirements for federal grants, tips for preparing your county for grant applications and how to win at the county level.

Strengthening Federal Policy for Infants and Toddlers with County Insights

Wed. March 24 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Counties are implementing early childhood innovations that draw on leading practices for advancing policies, services and systems that benefit infants and toddlers and put them developmentally on track for kindergarten. This workshop focues on challenges and opportunities local leaders are facing in building robust support for young children aged prenatal to three and federal policy that can strengthen these efforts.

3:30 pm

Advocacy in the 117th: An Insider's Guide to Success

Wed. March 24 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Corporations, industry groups, labor unions and advocacy organizations spend billions of dollars each year to increase their access and influence on federal policy makers. The long line of professional advocates with endless resources can make access and influence a challenge for local governments. This workshop brings together former senior hill staff to provide an insiders perspective on effective strategies for gaining and maintaining access to key federal policy decision-makers.

COVID-19 Impacts on Your County's Fiscal Health: Budget Planning Opportunities & Challenges

Wed. March 24 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

COVID-19 has had great impacts on many aspects of our residents' lives, including county government finances. This session provides an in-depth exploration of county budgetary planning in the wake of COVID-19 and ideas for future fiscal health.

Emergence of Telehealth Solutions in a Remote Landscape

Wed. March 24 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Understanding the emergence of telehealth in the age of COVID-19 and how residents are accessing healthcare in the remote landscape. NACo's Live Healthy Discount program and other providers are increasing offerings to enhance residents' physical and mental health.

Healthcare Checkup: The Rollout of the National Vaccine

Wed. March 24 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Nearly three months into the Biden Administration’s national COVID-19 vaccine strategy, this session will evaluate progress on local vaccination uptake, as well as challenges and successes from on-the-ground implementation. Attendees will hear from local communities about lessons learned and best practices, and engage with federal experts and discuss ongoing local needs for COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts.

Myth Busters – Annuities, These Are Not Your Parents Investments Any Longer

Wed. March 24 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Join us for an engaging conversation centered on recent federal guidance on how annuities are changing the retirement industry as employees head toward retirement and consider various distribution options from their retirement plans.

Thu. March 25
1:00 pm

Strengthening Veterans Services through County Partnerships

Thu. March 25 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

County Veteran Service Officers (CVSOs) are often the first point of contact for veteran services, including VA health care, housing and transition assistance programs. CVSOs in 36 states and two Native American tribes process more than $22 billion annually in claims for direct compensation and pension benefits for veterans. But because these offices are almost entirely funded by counties, they often face resource challenges—particularly in areas with high demand or in counties serving veterans in rural areas. Join county leaders, County Veteran Service Officers and Members of Congress for a discussion of key legislation that would strengthen critical services for veterans.

2:00 pm

Advancing Health Care in Jails through Access to Medicaid

Thu. March 25 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Under Section 1905(a)(A) of the Social Security Act, the use of federal medical funds and services for “inmates of a public institution” is prohibited, through what is known as the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP). This policy has created unintended impacts on the local criminal justice system and for counties, and has contributed to the national behavioral and mental health crisis and rates of jail recidivism. Convened in March 2019, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) joint task force worked to identify challenges posed by the MIEP. Join NACo, NSA, and the Major County Sheriff’s of America alongside partner organizations and members of Congress, to highlight legislation in the 117th Congress aimed at making needed amendments to this federal policy. 

Counties and the American Rescue Plan: Implementing the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund at the Local Level

Thu. March 25 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

In March 2021, Congress passed and the president signed a massive COVID-19 relief package, which provided new and critical funding to counties of all sizes to cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue and mitigate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic. Workshop attendees will hear from county leaders about their process allocating new federal COVID-19 relief at the local level.

How County Stories Impact Federal Policymaking

Thu. March 25 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Each county has a unique story to tell. With federal policies and programs impacting the lives of millions of county residents, it is essential that the county voice and experience is heard when developing federal policy. Equally important, it is critical for our federal partners to understand how these policies impact county residents and communities at the local level. As a federal policymaker, learn how you can use NACo’s County Explorer to influence federal policy by more effectively telling the county story with data.

Fri. March 26
2:00 pm

Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Fri. March 26 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

What is the latest landcape from the federal policy persepctive in criminal justice reform? Reducing incarceration rates is a major goal of counties across the country, who understand that – to reduce the jail population – the ongoing issue of racial and ethnic disparities , along with mental health and substance abuse, within the criminal justice system should be addressed. This workshop examines how engaging community stakeholders and ensuring that local justice initiatives are grounded in racial equity can advance meaningful justice reform.

FEMA’s new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program provides funding to states and localities to implement pre-disaster mitigation activities that reduce risk and disaster costs, and increase the resilience of critical infrastructure. BRIC replaced the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program as part of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018 and allows for FEMA, with respect to each major disaster, to set aside up to six percent of the aggregate amount of federal assistance for the BRIC program. This workshop provides counties with insights on how to access and utilize BRIC, including additional information program, application process and project eligibility.

Education on NACo FSC partnerships used to address county pain points in our unique environment with cost saving solutions from our three areas of focus: employee benefit solutions, financial solutions and technology solutions. This workshop serves to highlight one program from each focus area and provides an opportunity to hear from current users of selected programs.

With U.S. tenants in billions of dollars of debt with their landlords, housing insecurity is a critical issue for millions across the country that has only been worsened by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, county governments must both support their residents through various housing services and rapidly and effectively distribute billions of dollars of housing assistance funding from the federal government. Join us for a session on best practices in housing and rental assistance aid disbursement that will feature housing expert recommendations as well as county program examples from across the country. 

3:30 pm

Grounded in NACo’s 2020 resolution declaring racism a public health crisis, the 2020-2021 Healthy Counties Advisory Board (HCAB) is focusing on health inequities disproportionately affected by our communities of color. HCAB will explore the systemic and race-based barriers to achieving health equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While we hope to never be tested against some risks and threats, we know that the probability is not in our favor. We also know that nothing tests preparedness better than reality, but to be ready we must practice. This workshop will cover the value of simulations to enhance cyber risk readiness. Strategies for communication, policy development and defining roles and responsibilities will be covered as well.

Combating misinformation about the COVID vaccine, infection mitigation, and other pandemic-related topics has challenged many counties. With many residents relying on social media as a primary news source, learn how to deploy traditional and modern communications tools to advance public policy, relay accurate information and influence opinions.

Examine how counties can be involved in the land use process, federal permitting and permit streamlining. This session also outlines our expectations for the new administration.Examine how counties can be involved in the land use process, federal permitting and permit streamlining. This session also outlines our expectations for the new administration.

Wed. March 31
1:00 pm

Join NACo and the NACo County Tech Xchange for the Spring CIO Forum, highlighting technology essentials for the 'new normal' that counties are facing

Thu. April 01
1:00 pm

Join NACo and the NACo County Tech Xchange for the Spring CIO Forum, highlighting technology essentials for the 'new normal' that counties are facing.

Tue. April 06
1:00 pm

NACo National Membership Call

Tue. April 06 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a National Membership Call on the implementation of the American Rescue Plan and to hear about the Biden Administration’s proposal for infrastructure investments, the American Jobs Plan. 

3:00 pm

Reducing Child Poverty through the Child Tax Credit

Tue. April 06 | 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes a historic temporary investment in the Child Tax Credit, expanding both its size and its eligibility guidelines in 2021. As a result, an estimated 27 million children will qualify for new levels of direct income support which could cut child poverty in half this year. Join this NACo Webinar for an overview of key outreach and tax assistance strategies to ensure vulnerable families in your county can access these new benefits.

Wed. April 07
2:00 pm

Join iCivics for a discussion on how county leaders can support civic education on a local level and empower, educate and engage. This webinar focuses on iCivics resources for counties, junior and senior high school curricula, acitivities for elementary students and the iCivics online educational game.

iCivics provides equitable and non-partisan civic education through curricular resources, games, learning materials, digital literacy tools and more. Founded in 2009 by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics has grown into the nation’s premier non-profit civic education power and has launched the Educating for American Democracy National Forum.

Tue. April 13
1:00 pm

Emergency Rental Assistance Programs: Understanding ERAP I and ERAP II

Tue. April 13 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Please join NACo and Witt O’Brien’s to learn about similarities and differences between the Consolidated Appropriations Act and American Rescue Plan emergency rental assistance programs, including spend deadlines, use of funds and other critical factors such as best practices and avoiding pitfalls.

Wed. April 14
2:00 pm

Join NACo and Adam Seagrave of the Arizona State University Center for Political Thought and Leadership for a session on civic education and civil discourse in American Constitutional democracy today. Learn more about ASU's Educating for American Democracy project and learn how county leaders can advance civic education and discourse at the local level.

Thu. April 15
1:00 pm

The Rising Cost of Jails

Thu. April 15 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Since 1977, jail and other local corrections costs have risen sixfold, with local jail expenditures reaching $25 billion. Newly released data indicates that U.S. jail populations dropped 25 percent from June 2019 to June 2020, driven mostly by COVID-19. At an average annual cost of $34,000 per incarcerated person, finding ways to reduce the use of jails represents significant cost savings for counties.

This webinar features new research from the Pew Charitable Trusts that shows jail costs are rising even as crime and new jail admissions are falling. County leaders will share their perspective on the rising cost of jails and practical solutions for reducing local expenses and preserving public safety.

Tue. April 20
1:00 pm

Monitoring the Spread of COVID-19 Through Environmental Scanning

Tue. April 20 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

In this webinar counties will hear from Biobot Analytics on how it uses technology to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in communities through wastewater sampling, which can be used to inform planning for mobile test centers and vaccination sites. Tune in to learn more about how you can use wastewater testing data as part of your long-term COVID-19 mitigation and response strategy.

2:00 pm

Public Engagement in Policy and Budgeting

Tue. April 20 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Counties are facing multiple complex challenges where community participation is needed to find promising solutions with limited resources. This workshop will help county leaders develop and leverage tools to address community priorities within their budget. Counties will learn how to establish a participatory budgeting process using an equity lens that identifies and addresses community needs.

Wed. April 21
2:00 pm

When Virtual is the Reality

Wed. April 21 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Feeling disconnected? What worked in face-to-face collaboration has changed radically in our virtual-and-hybrid ‘new normal’. Join consultant Brad Weaber for easy, instant tips and tricks that anyone can use to hold more successful, smoother and engaging virtual meetings. From lighting, backgrounds, and simple but surprisingly effective tweaks, novices and Zoom experts alike will leave feeling excited to take on yet another virtual meeting.

This meeting will not be recorded. 

Thu. April 22
2:00 pm

Strengthening County Partnerships with Post-Secondary Education Systems and Enhancing Local Workforce Opportunities

Thu. April 22 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Counties are supporting and leading local innovation to strengthen post-secondary education systems to promote economic mobility, improve outcomes and create career pathways for residents. Local leaders are leveraging the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other federal programs to drive collaboration among county-based sectors and systems. This session explores the role and authority of counties in post-secondary education systems, including community colleges, and what is needed at the federal and local levels to improve career readiness opportunities.

Thu. May 06
2:00 pm

NACo Tech Xchange Presents: Public Records Requests - 150% Growth in Complexity and the 8 Reasons CIOs Choose to Modernize

Thu. May 06 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join us for a discussion with Rita Reynolds, NACo CIO and a State Tech IT Influencer, and Jen Snyder, GovQA's Chief Evangelist who will examine reasons why Government CIOs need to modernize technology now including the top eight reasons modernizing public records request processing is crucial. There will also be a discussion around the PiPRIndex, a historic marker that reflects a 150% growth in the complexity of managing public records requests over the past three years. We’ll talk about each of the seven figures that compose the PiPRIndex and how these figures represent a broader trend felt by most state and local governments.

This webinar will cover:

  • Growing volume and the seven metrics that make up the PiPRIndex: file quantity, file size, video files, file type, interactions, clarification emails and time spent;
  • How to use this data to support technology investment decisions that address increases in public records complexity;
  • How to compare your agency’s own complexity figures with those of your peers;
  • 8 reasons that CIOs are modernizing public records request processing with cloud technology.

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